Category Archives: Galileo Applications

Galileo Applications

Galileo increases safety and lower costs of European rail networks

The modernisation, integration and expansion of rail networks in the European Union is opening exciting new possibilities for Europe’s global navigation satellite systems (E-GNSS), Galileo and EGNOS. Already used to offer non-safety services such as asset management and passenger information, an augmented GNSS linked to a range of sensors could provide signalling and train control services that meet stringent European safety standards. Read more…

H2020-Galileo Second Call Opened

The second Horizon 2020 (H2020) call for Applications in Satellite Navigation, managed by the European GNSS Agency, is officially open. With a budget of EUR 25 million for the 2015 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 8 April 2015.

Horizon 2020

To accelerate EU space policy, the second Horizon 2020 call focuses on growth and impact across all market segments, including transport (road, rail, maritime, aviation), high precision surveying, location based services (LBS), agriculture and emergency services. Priority is also placed on raising productivity and competitiveness while reducing adverse environmental impact Read more…

The many uses of Galileo and EGNOS

Farmers, bankers, captains, conductors, firefighters, pilots and European citizens will soon rely on EGNOS and Galileo to power services that enhance efficiency and safety, increase protection and fuel economic growth. Precision agriculture, rescue services or tracking of hazardous goods are just a few examples of how GNSS improves our live. Learn more about how EGNOS and soon Galileo provide. Read more…

Galileo Module for ARA Platform, by Deimos Space

The 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) received a record number of entries and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize was the most popular category receiving a total of 152 submissions. The GSA 2014 special prize went to elecnor deimos/Deimos Space for their Galileo for ARA project. Read more…

European Satellite Navigation Competition 2014 winner

Network-based receiver for initial Galileo service presented by Airbus Defence & Space Innovation wins European Satellite Navigation Competition 2014 (www.esnc.eu).

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), which rewards the best services, products, and business cases that use satellite navigation in everyday life, has recently announced the 2014 winner. Read more…

Smart farming with Galileo and Egnos

The world’s population is expected to grow from almost 7 billion today to over 9 billion by 2050. In order to feed this population, the United Nations says farmers must produce 70 percent more food than they are today.

“To meet this future demand the world’s farmers must increase their agricultural productivity,” said Christian Radons of farm machinery manufacturer CLAAS. “This demand can only be met if we embrace new technologies such as satellite powered precision farming.” Read more…

Galileo Increases Accuracy of Location-Based Services

Tests conducted by Rx Networks and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) confirm that Galileo provides real added value to citizens using Location Based Services (LBS). When used in addition to GPS and/or GLONASS, Galileo proved to significantly improve accuracy in challenging environments.

Rx Networks, a leading mobile location technology and services company, measured the performance of Galileo when used in various combinations with GPS and GLONASS. Conducted in such real-world environments as urban canyons and indoors, each test consisted of a three hour data capture of the GNSS signals which was later replayed to produce hundreds of fixes using a multi-constellation GNSS receiver from STMicroelectronics. Read more…

Galileo maritime trial route

Results are being processed from the first Galileo maritime trials outside of mainland Europe. The long-range, high-latitude testing spanned the North Sea, following the same historical sailing route that Viking dragon-ships used 1200 years ago.

The Belgian frigate Leopold I-F930  during the first high-latitude trials of Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system sailed first from the Dutch marine base of Den Helder on 4 December 2013 to Stavanger in Norway. From there it progressed north in very rough seas with 10-m high waves, coming close to the Arctic circle on 17 December (a first for Galileo PRS observations) before heading homeward. Read more…

Galileo Mass-market satnav chips on the right way

With the first Galileo services set to begin this year, ESA is working directly with European manufacturers of mass-market satnav chips and receivers to ensure that their products are Galileo-ready.

“In coordination with the European GNSS Agency, we put out an open call to satnav manufacturers offering testing with our laboratory facilities. We have gone on to work with five mass-market chipset makers and a comparable number of professional receivers manufacturers” explained Riccardo de Gaudenzi, head of ESA’s Radio Frequency Systems, Payload and Technology  Division. Read more…

Galileo to augment aircraft guiding systems

Plans to use Galileo and other satnav systems for next-generation satellite augmentation systems for aviation and other high-performance uses took a significant step forward at the latest gathering of worldwide operators and experts.

Satellite augmentation systems combine additional ground stations and satellite transponders to sharpen satnav accuracy and reliability across given geographical regions – based on the US GPS for now, but with plans to move to a multi-constellation design additionally employing Europe’s Galileo, China’s Compass and Russia’s Glonass systems in the post-2020 era. Read more…